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Pirates vs. Nationals Pick MLB – July 23rd

We cashed in on an easy victory yesterday with the OVER 9 in the Dodgers vs. Blue Jays game. The runs came early and often for the Dodgers, as they put up 14, pummeling the hapless Jays 14-5. I also had a lean on the Dodgers which hit comfortably as well. I haven’t lost three straight games in well over a month now, and the winner last night made sure that wasn’t going to happen. Let’s focus on Tuesday now, where we look at another intriguing matchup on the docket.

Free MLB Pick:

Pittsburgh Pirates -110 at Washington Nationals -110 (Total: 8.5)

Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.32 ERA)

This game doesn’t have the same ring to a say Clayton Kershaw vs. Felix Hernandez matchup, but this does feature two promising young right-handers that have plenty to showoff Tuesday night. Both pitchers haven’t hit the age of 25 yet, but have pitching extremely well thus far in their young careers. With limited experience against either pitcher, batters have been getting fooled from stuff they haven’t witnessed before. When it is pitcher vs. batter and they haven’t met before, the pitcher undeniably always has the upper hand.

Taylor Jordan got his first start of the season not too long ago on June 29th, and did about everything the Nationals expected from him. He only allowed 1 earned run against the Mets, and then followed up with three productive starts since then. Over his first four starts he has an ERA of 3.32, but has failed to earn his first victory as a professional. In Jordan’s limited work at home, he has a solid 3.18 ERA and WHIP of 1.06. Jordan rarely walks batters, as he has only walked three batters in 21.1 innings pitched, a pretty impressive feat right there.

Jordan’s counterpart, Gerrit Cole, brings a similar resume to Tuesday night. Cole’s journey began on June 6th, where he has been a steady addition to an already rock solid Pirates’ rotation. Cole hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in any of the seven starts he has had this season. It has been a consistent season for the youngster, as it has been either 2 or 3 runs given up in all of his games. His one and only road start came against a formidable opponent, the Los Angeles Angels. In that stingy test, Cole answered it with an excellent outing, holding the Angels to only 2 runs on 4 hits. His WHIP was mighty impressive as well, with a mark of only 0.79. Similar to Jordan, Cole simply doesn’t walk many batters, 9 in 7 games. When looking at the Pirates, you must always take their terrific bullpen into consideration, too. After all, they have one of the best in the game. Please keep in mind that Pirates’ closer Jason Grilli will not be active, as he left last night with an injury. However, I don’t think it will have much of an impact tonight.

After a flurry of runs in last night’s contest, I think things settle down and give way to a pitchers’ night. This could turn into a boring snooze fest if you aren’t into dominant pitching performances, but we’re in the business of making money here, and I think you guys should take a look at the UNDER 8.5 in this Tuesday night matchup.

Free Pick: UNDER 8.5